Archive for November, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions About Membership

November 23, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Fuelfed different from other clubs? Fuelfed is a mixed marque club. Many of us belong to single marque clubs, too, but our members enjoy the diversity of Fuelfed participants and share that common mindset of driving. We’re focused on driving and camaraderie. Our events are geared toward driving, touring and the passion of the motoring lifestyle. We don’t have club meetings; we have driving events. We strive to do things better than typical single marque car clubs. Because of all these things, we attract a different sort of person. It’s our members that make us different.

Who is eligible to be a member? All drivers are welcome, but the main focus will always be those who drive European cars, and Coffee & Classics will continue to focus on classic European cars. You don’t have to own a classic European car, just appreciate and want to support our motoring lifestyle.

Will there be a fee for attending Coffee & Classics? There will not be a fee to attend C&C; however, parking will be restricted to Fuelfed members only on Elm and on Lincoln north of Elm. There will be a section of Lincoln south of Elm for new nonmembers who will be given a day pass so that we can continue to welcome new drivers. There is no fee to attend as a spectator.

What if I didn’t receive my member pass for Coffee & Classics yet? We realize the use of member parking passes for C&C will take some adjustment and that we’ll need to be flexible as membership and this new system rolls out. We’ll do our best to be fair and accommodating, and we ask for your patience in advance as we work out the bugs.

If I’m one of the Fuelfed Founders Group 100 (FFG100), do I need to pay for 2014 membership? If you were a Platinum FFG100 member ($500 contributor), your 2014 membership was included. All others need to pay the $35 dues. All FFG 100 members secured low membership pin numbers.

Can I still come to Coffee & Classics and be on the email list for events if I don’t become a paid member? Parking admittance to Coffee & Classics for your vintage European car and invitations to our events are part of your annual $35 membership. While we will have some day pass spaces for non-member drivers, these are not intended for repeat drivers. Spectator are always welcome at Coffee & Classics if you are not a paid member.

Why isn’t Fuelfed a 501(c)3 nonprofit? The legal and accounting costs to set up and maintain a 501(c)3 nonprofit made it cost-prohibitive. We plan to add a nonprofit component at a later date. We have a focused vision and voice for Fuelfed which we want to maintain.

Why do you have to do anything different? Let’s just keep everything as is. The events, especially Coffee & Classics, require funds to organize and execute. And, the majority of the expenses are paid before car season starts. Coffee & Classics, and all the venues, are now requesting proper insurance and permits. The parking passes will help ensure that paid members who value what the club does have priority.

Why don’t you include more American or Japanese cars? We appreciate, enjoy and own American and Japanese cars, but our passion is driving European cars. There are several other clubs and events for American and Japanese enthusiasts. Our members have a clear preference for maintaining our current focus. We aren’t trying to be the biggest club.

Please email us with questions.

First Sports Car From Turkey

November 23, 2011

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The Anadol STC-16 was the first sports car designed and produced in Turkey from 1973 to 1975. Designed by Eraip Noyan, it took blatant styling cues from the Datsun 240z and Ford Capri. But he oil crisis in 1974 killed it off faster than it’s 68hp engine could propel it to 60mph.

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Even with only 176 models produced, the STC-16 became synonymous with its era in the memory of that period’s Turkish youth, and the upgraded competition version of the car won numerous victories in rally competitions in Turkey and Europe piloted by Renç Koçibey & Demir Bükey.

And there you go, the Turkey car for turkey day.

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October Coffee & Classics Ends the Season with a Spectacular Array of European Veterans

November 22, 2011

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We weren’t sure what might show up for the final Fuelfed hurrah that cold blustery Sunday morning. So we arrived early to set up the signage and poster stand, only to find seventeen classics already parked on the west side of Lincoln. Lambo, Messerschmitts, DeTomaso, P1800, Xk120 FHC, 356s. Quite the spread. And they kept coming. 356 after 911 after 2002 after E-Type after Citroen. The sights, sounds and exhaust fumes brought a tear to my eye.

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I have to say, there’s not much better anticipation than hearing some distant exhaust note coming down Greenbay Rd., the blip of the throttle down to second gear and the rumbling over the east Elm bridge to reveal the classic chassis cradling a flat, straight or V engine. Especially when a parade 911s and Jaguar E-Types are following each other. Absolutely glorious!

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Bart brought his Datsun 510 BRE straight from its last track event, resplendent with burnt race rubber splatters and brake dust.

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The crisp October air was filled with excitment as everyone knew this was their last opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones. The classics kept arriving; 300sl, ’73 911 RSR, Lancia Fulvia and Aurelia Spyder, Morgan, MGA, Speedsters, Ferrari, Maserati.

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To be honest, I lost count and couldn’t keep up, nor did we capture every vehicle on digital film. But the final count, so we were told, was 74 cars in total. White was the theme color this month.

Lorraine and Heather moved most of the 2011 Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Enthusiast Posters, and kept warm with Café Aroma coffee and friendly conversation with curious drivers.

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The most important aspect of Coffee & Classics has always been the people. From the classic enthusiasts and their significant others, to the Winnetka residents and their children, everyone truly enjoys the monthly gatherings. Though the gathering is technically from 9 :00am to 11:00am, most are still chatting well past noon.

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I personally enjoy the pure delight I see on kids faces as they jump from car to car asking their parents a million questions, with the occasional, ” I want a cool car like this someday” or the embarrassing, ” Dad, why can’t we have a car like this?” And that’s how it starts. Just like the day my father came home with his Porsche in 1970.

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Another treat is that you never know what might show up next. This month, as things were winding down, in rolls a 1929 Ford service van with era-appropriate graffiti straight from the Lee Hartung collection. A true Fuelfed driver completely unrestored and running on it’s original plates and tires! Alan quickly greeted the driver and as he knew the truck from his high school days of buying vintage Ford parts from Lee. Alan explained the North Shore myth of Lee Hartung and of the upcoming auction of his estate. Of course I had to go to the auction for this once in a life time viewing of the largest unrestored collection of pre-War cars, cycles, toys and automobile signage. But that will be covered in a later post.

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The 2011 Fuelfed Coffee & Classics season may be over, but the friendships, camaraderie and thoughts of Spring will carry us for the next five months. Thank you to all those who have gathered at Elm and Lincoln each month to help make Coffee & Classics the North Shores’ best kept secret… just the way we like it.

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Chevrolet Speedometer Design Study

November 8, 2011

Christian Annyas is a self-proclaimed “online curator of all things typographic and cinema”. That covers a lot of area, but his site and blog are well worth a Fuelfed visit. Everything from Saul Bass movie posters to hand-lettered department store logos gets the spotlight here.

The blog entry studying 60 years of Chevrolet speedometer designs is of particular interest. His graphic treatment of the speedometers deconstructs them to their basic essence, a perfect way to contrast the changes in design ideation over the years (pictured is from the 1966 Chevy Nova). Dashboard and gauge design is truly an art and Annyas’ treatment of one marque gives a well-deserved nod to this often overlooked styling.

Make sure you give yourself ample time to wade around in this visually striking site.

FFotW: 1979 5000S

November 8, 2011

Posted 11.07.2011

At Fuelfed we always liked the long hood short tail proportions of the first generation Audi 5000. Not the best electronics, but VW helped with the engine and fuel injection. Good luck finding a rust free mint green on pleated green leather 5000s here in the midwest. Too bad about the auto box, but an S6 engine & tranny swap would make an interesting one-off hot rod.

The CL States:

All original!
93k miles
interior is near mint condition!
Green leather
exterior in amazingly great shape!
light green metallic color
automatic
5-cylinder gas
power windows/doors/sunroof
original 14 Audi alloy rims

Runs and drives amazingly well! Only issue is transmission does leak when hot due to water entering the trany from failed cooler. The cooler has been replaced but trany needs a good flush or possible overhaul to clear out all water.

$1900 Wind Lake, WI.

See CL Ad here.

FFotW: 1984 VW Rabbit GTI 16v

November 7, 2011

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We have a little soft spot for the A1 Rabbit GTI here at the Fuelfed garage. We all know the story of the GTI, but if you haven’t owned one, you won’t understand the appeal. This one has been built with all the right stuff despite the boy-racer color scheme. As usual, $2400 is a fraction of what it took to build and a screaming bargain in the “bang-for-buck” category.

The CL ad states:
For sale is 84 gti sport sunroof model, repainted house of color blue with silver stripes, clean shell and underbody. also clean title

Engine
16v 2 liter, rebuilt head new gaskets timing belt etc, have receipt for head work, 2 liter bottom end from 91 gli. head has Autotech 260 16v camset, 16v Scirocco exhaust manifold w/ TT racing downpipe w/o CAT , and full TT exhaust. brand new distributor, rotor and plugs , runs on cis-e with scirocco harness. New clutch/flywheel and cable, also rebuilt the shift linkage. Alots of new gaskets within last year.

Brakes/Suspension
G60 front 11″ brakes with x-drilled rotors
Rear Disc Brakes
Front & rear sway bars and strut tower bars
s/s brakes lines at 4 corners
Neuspeed suspension w/ tokiko shocks / struts
15″ corrado wheels and good tires

The rest
Close ratio 2h tranny from 83 rabbit gti
Euro Bumpers
Mint front Recaros, no rear seats
a2 cluster
Red top battery moved to the back
Zender Rear 3 peice wing
will include bentleys for gti and 16v scirocco

The car runs and drives and can be driven home, does need some love tho..
Interior needs some odds and ends
Bouncy idle
needs a speedo cable

Asking 2400 OBO or Trade for 4×4 truck ONLY, no projects. I can add cash on my side if needed be.

See the CL ad here.

What Enzo Ferrari Really Drove

November 4, 2011

Enzo Ferrari was a tough businessman and like Ferry Porsche, he had a singuar vision of what a true sports car should be. But unlike Ferry, Enzo was curious how other more pedestrian cars drove and what made them popular. It is believed Enzo owned a Mini Cooper S as one of his daily drivers, though we doubt he’d admit to it.


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